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Why We're Polarized

Why We're Polarized

Geschrieben von Ezra Klein

Erzählt von Ezra Klein


Why We're Polarized

Geschrieben von Ezra Klein

Erzählt von Ezra Klein

Bewertungen:
4.5/5 (132 Bewertungen)
Länge:
8 Stunden
Freigegeben:
Jan 28, 2020
ISBN:
9781797103167
Format:
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Anmerkung des Herausgebers

How did we get here…

As “compromise” becomes a foreign word in US politics, everyone’s starting to wonder: How did we get into this viciously polarized mess? Vox co-founder Ezra Klein details how “mega-identities” started emerging in the 1960s and have been pulling us further apart ever since. A much-needed overview of the fraying of a nation.

Beschreibung

America's political system isn't broken. The truth is scarier: it's working exactly as designed. In this book, journalist Ezra Klein reveals how that system is polarizing us—and how we are polarizing it—with disastrous results.

"The American political system—which includes everyone from voters to journalists to the president—is full of rational actors making rational decisions given the incentives they face," writes political analyst Ezra Klein. "We are a collection of functional parts whose efforts combine into a dysfunctional whole."

In Why We're Polarized, Klein reveals the structural and psychological forces behind America's descent into division and dysfunction. Neither a polemic nor a lament, this book offers a clear framework for understanding everything from Trump's rise to the Democratic Party's leftward shift to the politicization of everyday culture.

America is polarized, first and foremost, by identity. Everyone engaged in American politics is engaged, at some level, in identity politics. Over the past fifty years in America, our partisan identities have merged with our racial, religious, geographic, ideological, and cultural identities. These merged identities have attained a weight that is breaking much in our politics and tearing at the bonds that hold this country together.

Klein shows how and why American politics polarized around identity in the twentieth century, and what that polarization did to the way we see the world and one another. And he traces the feedback loops between polarized political identities and polarized political institutions that are driving our system toward crisis.

This is a revelatory book that will change how you look at politics, and perhaps at yourself.

Freigegeben:
Jan 28, 2020
ISBN:
9781797103167
Format:
Hörbuch

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Über den Autor

Ezra Klein is the editor-at-large and cofounder of Vox, the award-winning explanatory news organization. Launched in 2014, Vox reaches more than 50 million people across its platforms each month. Klein is also the host of the podcast the Ezra Klein Show, cohost of the Weeds podcast, and an executive producer on Vox’s Netflix show, Explained. Previously, Klein was a columnist and editor at The Washington Post, a policy analyst at MSNBC, and a contributor to Bloomberg.

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  • (1/5)
    Ezra is one the biggest media dullards out there. This book is an endless parade of "across the aisle" aphorisms that mean nothing.

    The period of history that he highlights is exceedingly bipartisan. Both parties have been completely captured by corporate interests and austerity thinking. They use to the culture war to convince the public that they have different values but they are a single monolith of global capital.

    Centrism is less convincing each day but media barnacles like Ezra are going to keep publishing books about it till the lights go out
  • (4/5)
    Not perfect, however honest, thought provoking, and informative. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  • (5/5)
    Klein’s analysis of American political and cultural polarization has the unique ability to feel both incredibly familiar, and completely surprising. To hear the history and causes of polarization laid bare is helpful and galvanizing; his suggestions for what to do at the macro level are nice, and I hope that his future work discusses a more practical guide to what individuals can do beyond calling our reps.
  • (5/5)
    An honest look at what’s driving Americans apart. A new way of looking at politics - for me, at least.
  • (5/5)
    Ezra really elaborates on the back room work of media, the design of politics, and how people engage with the politics shown to them. This book has been informative, insightful, and despite all the fervor and venom politics today, calming. Bravo.
  • (5/5)
    An inspiring, in depth analysis of American Politics. Ezra Klein offers a refreshing look into the reason American Politics is polarized as well as the rise of identity politics.
  • (5/5)
    I want everyone I know to read this book. Excellent!
  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Ezra Klein is balanced, insightful, and empathetic. It's not too say he's not biased, but anyone who says they aren't biased is just unaware of the ways they are. This book is an epistemologically self aware look into the causes of our current political divide.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    2 Leute fanden das hilfreich

    Terrific book, full of the same insightful analysis you can always expect from Ezra Klein. You'll be smarter - and happier - after reading it. You may avoid Twitter more as well, which will also make you happier.

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  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Listen on 0.8x speed and you’ll be good ?. It is an amazing book, a must read. If you care about the country you ought to read it.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (3/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Klein spends a lot of time reviewing academic literature that contributed to his analysis. I find this sort of book tiring, and would prefer that he go get a graduate degree and write a thesis to get it out of his system. Read Chapter 10 for some good ideas.

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